Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 663,267 sq miles; Land Only: 571,951 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Alaska Time Zone, Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone|
|Highest Point||Denali, 20,310 feet|
Denali National Park and Preserve
Gates of the Arctic National Park
Glacier Bay National Park
Katmai National Park and Preserve
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kobuk Valley National Park
Lake Clark National Park
Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve
|State Population (2015)||738,432|
|State Population Density||1.3 people / square mile|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Government & Legislature
|State Fish||Giant king salmon|
||Forget Me Not|
|State Fossil||Wooly mammoth|
|State Insect||Four spot skimmer dragonfly|
|State Land Mammal||Moose|
|State Marine Mammal||Bowhead whale|
||The Last Frontier|
||North to the future|
|State Sport||Dog mushing|
|Major Sports Teams
|NCAA Division I Schools
Alaska Fun Facts
- The name "Alaska" was derived from the Aleut word "Alaxsxaq," which means "mainland," or literally, "object to which the action of the sea is directed."
- Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.
- Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual state income tax
- Alaska is home to North America's highest peak, Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), at 20,320 feet.
- The closest distance between mainland Alaska and mainland Russia is about 55 miles. In addition, the U.S.-owned Small Diomede and Russia-owned Big Diomede, both islands in the Bering Straits, are only about 2.5 miles apart.
- Alaska has a longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline and, including islands, has 33,904 miles of shoreline.
- Alaska has over 3 million lakes, of which 3,197 have an official name.
- Alaska has over 130 volcanoes that have been active within the last two million years.
- Juneau has no road access to the rest of the state. It is the only capital city in the United States accessible only by boat or plane.
- Juneau is also the largest city in the United States, covering 3,108 square miles. Juneau is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
- Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.
This page was last updated on August 20, 2016.